Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Beary Special Gift Set

Hi Everyone,

My good friend just had a wee little baby last week and we are going over to see the new baby and her big sister tomorrow. I have a little  present ready for the baby - but I wanted to make something special for her big sister who is still young and is transitioning from being an only child to the role of a big sister. So when we give our gift to the baby, I wanted to make something special just for her to open also :)

I saw this little footstool over at Target the other day and couldn't wait to transform it into something "beary special" ;) using Taylor's sweet Beary Special Stamps and Beary Special Accessories stamp set. I love using these stamps because they were created to be part of Taylor's Charitable Giving Tree and a portion of both of these stamps will go to benefit the Hospital for Sick Kids - you can Check out Taylor's Blog Post for more information about the Charitable Giving Tree and this beautiful cause. 

Steps for the Foot stool:

1.  I cut out a shape from my Spellbinders and taped that onto the stool and then I painted the whole foot stool with some patio paint furniture (any paint that can go on wood is fine). I also cut out a scalloped edge that I taped on the stool before painting and on the sides I did the same thing by punching out a circle (1 3/4") taping it on the stool and then painting over it in a lighter shade of pink. After masking and painting the stool - I took the masked shapes out to reveal the shape in white on the stool.
2. With my stamp-a-ma-jig, I aligned the bear and stamped with Staz-On Black. I did the same kind of alignment with the flower stamp so that it could be stamped as if the little bear was holding it and also stamped the sentiment "You are Beary Special" in the same way using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. 
3. I painted the bear and flower with the patio paint with a small paintbrush 

4. Stamped the sides with the heart stamp from this stamp set and then painted it. 
5. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig again to stamp the images with the Staz-On Black ink again so that if any of the outline got covered up in the painting process, it would appear again.
5. Outlined the spellbinders shape, scalloped edge and the circle on the side of the stool with liquid pearls.
6. I took the pictures while still wet :) so I didn't have a chance to paint a clear finishing glaze over the whole stool, which will not only protect it, but also will not allow the stamped images or colors to fade.

I also made a matching card for the gift using the June 20th Key Ingredients paper. The bear and flower were paper pieced from these sweet papers. I used the same motif of outlining with the liquid pearls and finished off the flower with the candy dots that are part of the June Key Ingredients pack.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: June 20th Key Ingredients and the Bluish Dark Red cardstock Taylored Expressions
Ink: Chocolate Chip from SU!
Stamps: Beary Special stamp set and Beary Special Accessories stamp set 
Accessories: Spellbinders Die, Candy dots and Ribbon are part of the June 20th Key Ingredients kit, EK success border punch, embossing folder

I had a lot of fun making this project and using these sweet stamps. I can't wait to see the baby - and to give her big sister this little ensemble so that she will also feel beary special!! :)

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Thanks so much for dropping by :)!
Sankari :)


wendyp said...

omgosh! She's going to love that stool! Super cute!

Barefootstamper said...

This is adorable!!!! You're AWE-MAZING! I can't believe you can pull this stuff out of your head with a house full of guests and crafting in your closet! I want to be YOU when I grow up :)

Tammy Hershberger said...

Ditto on the AWE-mazing, Shawnie! This is FANTASTIC!!!

sharon said...

the card is sooooo cute! I am new at card making and I am just wondering if there's a step by step tutorial to how you made this card?

Sankari W. said...

HI Sharon! Thanks for your question! I will post the step by step instructions here later on and also email it to you!! Thanks for your sweet comment!
Sankari :)

Karen said...

Great gift set! It is oh so sweet! :>

Karen Motz said...

Oh my Sankari! The card is super adorable but I think the little pink stool takes that cake. Awesome!!!

Adela said...

You're BEARY talent, girl!!!!! This would make a sweet gift for a little girl. Is there something you're not telling us?

Anonymous said...

Yes I bet Uma is coveting that stool. I would be.
Sankari. My how do you find the time?!
Hope to see you at Surya's surprise lunch.
Love you,

Chrisd said...

What a sweet gift and card . I'm sure they will love it!
Hugs from Michigan

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, that is such a great gift and so much more special than a store-bought one! Thanks for telling us how you did it!

Rochelle said...

Big sister is going to feel so special when you give her her gift. This is something that she will probably have for a long time to come. Great job!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh gosh, that stool is to DIE for!!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

You are truly amazing Sankari! This is AWESOME in every way!!!!!

Brenda said...

The stool as well as the cards are wonderful. Would you mind emailing me the step by step instructions. I will give you all the credit. They are adorable!! Do I need to send my email to you? I have never blogged before, so not sure how to go about this. I usually just look at all the wonderful things.